There are so many activities in Martinique to enjoy, it's almost hard to even know where to begin this adventure...
Martinique tours, snorkeling and scuba diving, beaches, parks, museums and sports are all abundant on this beautiful Caribbean island paradise.
Whether arriving via cruise ship, or staying at one of the beautiful resorts, you will find the many and diverse tours among the most popular activities in Martinique.
Taking one of the many Martinique tours of this Caribbean island's rum (or rhum) distilleries is a fun way to spend a few hours, if I do say so myself.
Martinique is often referred to as the "Rum Capital of the World," a title that is well deserved.
There are 11 distilleries on the island, which produce almost 20 varieties of rum. Many, if not most, of these distilleries offer tours. These tours are some of the most popular activities in Martinique (especially the ones offering a free sampling of their wares!). The two listed below are among my favorite.
At the Depaz Distillery (established in 1651) is housed in a rebuilt building at the foot of a volcano, Mt. Pelée. These self-guided tours here are free of charge, and not only will you get to see the fields of rare blue sugar cane, an art gallery with works created from distillery machinery and wooden rhum casks, and the workers unique housing, you will get to enjoy samples of the fermented end product!
The phone number for the distillery is: +596 78-13-14
Depaz Rhum Distillery is open weekdays (Monday through Friday) from 9AM to 5PM, and Saturday from 9AM to 4PM.
Visiting the JM Distillery, is also a terrific Martinique tour. It is located in a valley at the bottom of Mt. Pelée and is one of the very last "traditional" distilleries on this beautiful isle.
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Their phone number is: +596 78-92-55
JM Distillery is open weekdays (Monday through Friday) from 9AM to 5PM, and Saturday from 9AM to 1PM.
While the distillery tours offer a small glimpse of the local flora, the many tours of the lush gardens on this island top the list of activities in Martinique.
Among the most popular is the Céron Plantation (also know as Habitiation Céron). You can find this former sugar plantation on the Caribbean side of the island on the northernmost coast (25 miles from Fort-de-France). With Creole women wearing traditional clothing traversing this plantation and the remnants of the original mill, you get a glimpse into the colonial history of Martinique.
Guided tours of Habitation Céron are available and include a trek to La Perle beach (beautiful!) often on horseback, hiking through the beautiful rain forests and a Creole lunch at the open-air restaurant (try the craw-fish fricassee, mmmmm .). Depending on your taste, you can also ride all-terrain-vehicles or horses through the trails of the gardens.
The telephone number is: +596 52-94-53.
Céron Plantation is open daily from 9:30AM to 5PM.
Aqualand is a wonderful, refreshing North American style water park located in the town of Carbet (which is an one-hour drive north from Fort-de-France. It covers a land area of nearly 10 acres. There are activities designed for kids of all ages, from the young to the young at heart.
Perhaps the most famous ride is the Giant Slalom, with hair-raising hairpin turns. My personal favorite, though, is the Black Hole ride. As the name suggests, you find yourself in complete darkness for most of the ride.
The food is also great here, with the crepes being the standout option.
The telephone number is: +596 78-40-00
Aqualand is open daily from 10AM to 6PM.
There is so much to do on this Caribbean island that this guide is almost constantly being updated. Check back here for the latest information on activities in Martinique
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